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2018 Free Agent XI

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Is his time in London up?

The month of January signifies the second transfer window of the season. The winter window isn't nearly as eventful as the summer, especially considering the transfer records that were smashed just 4 months ago.

But a few big deals might take still take place in January, as clubs and managers aim to strengthen their squads going into the business end of the season.

Barcelona are still in pursuit of Philippe Coutinho, although his recent form might further increase Liverpool's €130 million valuation of him

Antoine Griezmann is reportedly unsettled at Atletico after the Mardid side's poor start to the season.

A host of Premier League clubs are still chasing Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk. Arsenal are also trying to sign Thomas Lemar after a failed attempt in August.

But there are also a number of players whose contracts run out in June next year, leaving them free to discuss their future with other clubs in January.

Even though these players will not probably start representing their new clubs until next summer, they might even capture attention than normal transfers. There are quite a few big names on this list, and their current clubs might start regretting not renewing their contracts sooner.

Here, we take a look at a starting XI of players available to sign a pre-contract agreement in the winter.


GK: Michel Vorm

Italy and Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon runs out of a contract in June as well, but the 39-year-old has already announced his international retirement after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup. If he does choose to play for another season, it will most likely be at Juventus.

This brings us to the second best goalie available – Tottenham’s Michel Vorm. The Dutch stopper joined Spurs in 2014 as a backup for Hugo Lloris, but his French teammate’s form and consistency means he has only 10 league appearances so far.

He recently turned 34 and probably has only 3 to 4 years left in him. His contract expires next summer and this will give him the perfect opportunity to see out his playing days by getting some regular game time.

Crystal Palace and Celtic are interested in him. Spurs signed Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton in the summer, so Pochettino will have no problems in letting Vorm leave.

Also read: 5 Manchester United players who will become free agents in 2018

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